Date: 4/21/17 7:21 am
From: 'Clive Harris' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Possible European Greenfinch?
Escaped cage birds are always possible.  One thing to bear in mind is that European Greenfinch is bigger and bulkier than American Goldfinch - its very similar in size to a House Sparrow. 
Clive HarrisCabin John, MD 

From: Dorothy Paugh <aldopaugh...>
To: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>; "<mdbirding...>" <mdbirding...>
Sent: Friday, April 21, 2017 10:03 AM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Possible European Greenfinch?

#yiv6135579013 #yiv6135579013 -- P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;}#yiv6135579013 I've never seen such bright yellow wing edges on a female goldfinch.  I had no idea when I ran outside what species I had seen, only that it was not like anything I'd seen before.  I've seen plenty of female goldfinches.  

I only came up with European Greenfinch after googling "small birds with yellow wing edge"  Later I added "in Maryland" and found a record of one, also in Bowie, in 2011,  with a note of uncertainty by Phil Davis about whether it was wild or released/escaped.  
The bird I saw looked just like pics of a male greenfinch in breeding plumage.I'll keep an eye out and try to get a pic if it comes back.  
Dorothy PaughBowie, MD





From: <mdbirding...> <mdbirding...> on behalf of Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2017 8:20 PM
To: Maryland & DC Birding
Subject: [MDBirding] Possible European Greenfinch? My first thought is, why is it not something common like a female American Goldfinch? And, have you ever seen a European Greenfinch?
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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